ST CLAIR COUNTY, ALABAMA: Four people were reportedly shot dead overnight in Birmingham and St Clair County, after which a suspect turned himself in and alerted police. The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Daniel P Watson, 28, of Pell City, has been charged with capital murder and murder with a weapon in connection with the St Clair County murders. Although the suspect is being held in Birmingham, he has not yet been charged with the two murders.
According to Birmingham Police spokesman, Officer Truman Fitzgerald, officers received information from Leeds Police Department at 6am on Tuesday March 14 that Watson had confessed to killing two people in Birmingham . He gave general details of a house in South East Lake where two people had been shot. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the bodies of an adult male and an adult female. The two victims, who were not identified, died from their gunshot wounds.
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At around 5 a.m. Tuesday, Watson allegedly approached a Leeds police officer and confessed to shooting people dead, two in Birmingham and two in St. Clair County, Fitzgerald said, adding he believed that the people of Birmingham had been killed. first, possibly between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. No one in Birmingham heard the shots, Fitzgerald said. “Gunshots are so common that even if a resident heard gunshots, it probably didn’t set off an alarm,” he said, according to AL.com.
Who are the St Clair County victims?
Sheriff Billy Murray said the St Clair County double murders took place on Ivy Drive in Ragland. Both victims lived at the Ivy Drive address. The victims have been identified as Amber L Manning, 37, and Timothy R Davidson, 62.
At around 12:01 a.m., Murray said, St Clair County deputies responded to a disruption call at 1 Ivy Drive Ragland. Deputies found Manning dead in the driveway and Davidson inside the house, still alive. He was pronounced dead after being flown by lifeguard to UAB Hospital. “We are still actively investigating to try and piece it all together,” Murray said. “It’s a terrible situation.”
Davidson’s sister Cathy Riggs said the family was shocked and devastated after the incident. “I can’t imagine why someone would come in and shoot him in the back of the neck,” Riggs told AL.com. “I think he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Describing his brother as being in good spirits, Rigg said: “It’s insane. Tim was the kind of person who would give the shirt off his back.”
Manning leaves behind her three sons and her husband. She was described by her friends as an “incredible” mother.
“The suspect knows everyone or knows everyone”
It is reported that the suspect knew at least some of the victims. “From everything I’ve been told, the suspect knows everyone or knows everyone. You are dealing with four lives lost in 24 hours and a potential fifth life lost at the end once this case goes to trial,” Fitzgerald said.
“This gentleman had a motive,” he said. “It shows how scary it is that this person is going to two different counties and taking lives.” He said the motive could have been related to the family. The two people killed in Birmingham victims are the city’s 16th and 17th homicide victims this year.